Wolverhampton golfer wins Scottish Open

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Wolverhampton’s Aaron Rai edged out Tommy Fleetwood in a dramatic play-off to win the 2020 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.

Former Wolverhampton Grammar School student Rai, went one better than last week after finishing runner-up to John Catlin in Ireland, emerging from the pack on the final day, scoring a superb seven-under par round of 64 at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick.

That left him on 11-under, level with former US Open and The Open runner-up Fleetwood, meaning a play off was required on the par four 18th hole.

A bogey on the 18th cost Staffordshire’s Robert Rock a spot in the play off alongside Rai and Fleetwood, after four birdies on the back nine had put him in contention.

Rai held his nerve with a level par score, narrowly beating fellow Englishman Fleetwood, who shot a bogey, to pocket a prize cheque of £882,000.

“It’s incredible, it’s a dream a come true,” the 25 year-old said.

“To have the experience of what happened last week and be refreshed within my own self, certainly helped my mindset today,” he added.

The Scotland success follows up his only other victory on the Tour, in the 2018 Hong Kong Open.

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